SketchUp Model for Mini VTec Front Subframe

A year ago I started the process of putting a VTec into my classic round-nose Mini. It’s been quite a process. One of the things I found lacking was the amount of digital assistance or plans for subframes. It would seem lots of people just go for a pre-made frame – which is all well […]

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You may or may not be aware, but I have started up a Facebook page for Mahvin.   Follow along with the adventures by liking the page here:

Mini Bonnet Badge

    With the new installation going on of a Honda VTec in the Mini, there are a number of elements to think about and contemplate.  On Friday, we ran out of gas for the welder, and so my attention goes elsewhere to the build. One of the things I can do is work on […]

VTec in the Mini – First Dry Fit

So today is a pretty massive day in the life of MAHVIN. Today, the VTec went into the engine bay for the very first time. Not only that but the subframe tower bolts went in and the car become one part. Sure – there are still some adjustments to be made, and some parts need […]

MAHVIN the Mini

In 2008 I purchased a 1980 Morris Mini LE. It is still my dream car, and I love that I own one. Since owning it, I have replaced just about everything on it with something newer and more reliable. That was the plan anyway. In 2013, my brother and I put in a 1275 engine. However, […]

New Car – Post 2000

It’s come to the point in time where the reliability of my beloved 1980 Mini LE has come to an end. Whilst I will continue to keep hold of my dream car (and my first!) and look after it, it will sadly be held under a blanked for 9 months of the year until the […]

We Meet Again

Met Vicky for Nando’s tonight. Parked next to her beloved Sophie. Great photo if you know the cars.

Mini Boot

For a while I’ve been meaning to get around to finishing off my Mini’s boot. Since I got it painted, I ripped out the old backing, and was ready to put the new carpet base in. A can of adhesive spray that sticks your arm hair together later and it was done!

Mini Lift

Took my Mini in to get a wheel alignment as a part of getting her WOF.

Return of the Mini

It took a long, agonising six weeks. After an initial quoted two, and minimal customer contact, I finally got back my beloved Mini yesterday. It needed some rust taken out of it, and so I figured that whilst that was getting done, Id pay a few extra dollars and come away with the paint job […]


It was a celebratory trip to Staglands with Vicky. With the Mini safely back in my hands, it was time for a road trip. We headed out to Staglands, and then continued on out across the Akatarera’s to Lindale, Paraparaumu and to Plimerton for Dinner. These are some of the old rustic photos I took […]

Boot Tray Project

(Boot before Tray being fitted) Over the last few weeks I’ve been passing the time by tidying up my boot. Mini’s boots contain both the spare wheel and the battery, and the fuel tank is also exposed in this area. Added to this I’ve been chucking in a mat to help manage the oil leak. […]